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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions about Longmont? We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from visitors to Longmont!

What is the weather like in Longmont?

Located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Longmont experiences four distinct seasons. The days are generally mild and the nights are cool. On average, there are 247 sunny days per year in Longmont. The average temperature in Longmont for the year is 66 degrees. Longmont gets 13 inches of rain per year, while the US average is 37 inches. Snowfall is 34 inches, while the average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year.

What is the elevation of Longmont?

Longmont is at 4,984 feet above sea level.

What activities are there in town?

There are so many activities to do in Longmont. Check out our calendar of events, itineraries and downtown highlights here.

How do you get to Longmont from Denver International Airport?

Located just 42 miles from Denver International Airport and residing along Interstate 25, Longmont truly sits in the center of any Colorado adventure. Options for transportation to and from the airport include:

Shuttles:
There are a number of airport shuttle services that travel between the Denver International Airport and Longmont. Local shuttle services include:  Longmont ShuttleA Last Minute Limousine, and Green Ride.

Car Rentals:
Longmont car rental companies include: Enterprise Rent-A-Car and  Hertz Rent A Car.

Public Transportation:
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is the public transportation service provider for Denver, Longmont, Boulder, and surrounding cities in Colorado.  RTD offers the A-Line Light Rail from Denver International Airport to Union Station in Denver, where you can take a bus to Longmont.  Use the RTD Trip planner to figure out your best route.

Taxis, Uber or Lyft:
Taxi companies include: Z Trip, UberLyft.

How long does it take to get to Rocky Mountain National Park? Boulder? Denver? Fort Collins?

Perfectly located only 36 miles from Denver, 31 miles from Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park, 30 miles from Fort Collins and 16 miles from Boulder, Longmont is the base-camp for your Colorado adventure. Click to view our Day Tripper itinerary.

How many parks are in Longmont?
Longmont has 1,500 acres of parks! We have 25 Neighborhood Parks, 6 Community Parks, 9 District Parks, 2 Dog Parks and 9 Greenways.

Where can you hike and bike in Longmont?

These trails are easy and flat and great for hiking, biking and walking your dog:
• McIntosh Lake – An easy, 3.6 mile trail loops around the lake. The walk includes beautiful wildflowers and a variety of wildlife, and is good for all skill levels.
• Pella Crossing – Pella Crossing Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hygiene, Colorado. The area offers fishing and walking trails and beautiful views of Longs Peak and is a wetlands habitat. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.
• Lagerman Reservoir – This 1.6 mile, moderately trafficked loop trail winds past striking wildflowers and is great for walks, birding and nature trips.
• Golden Ponds – With a magnificent view of Longs Peak and the Front Range, this park is comprised of 94 acres, with 56 acres of water surface in four ponds. Wildlife of all kinds is viewed in the park. Good for all skill levels.
• LoBo Trail – This 12.8-mile, planned trail from Longmont to Boulder features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a variety of activity options and is accessible year-round.

To access the Longmont Bike Map, click here.

Which mountains can you see from Longmont?

The 2 largest mountains you can see from town are Longs Peak (14,259-foot peak) and Mt. Meeker.

What is the population of Longmont?

Longmont’s population is currently at 94,777 at the end of 2017.

What year was Longmont founded?

Longmont was founded in 1871 as the Chicago-Colorado Colony. Longmont was named in honor of Longs Peak, a 14,259-foot peak visible from anywhere in the city. Longs was in honor of Stephen Long, an explorer to the area and Mont is the french word for mountain.

How is Visit Longmont funded?

Visit Longmont is funded by the City of Longmont’s 2% lodging tax that guests pay for overnight stays at lodging properties in Longmont. Visit Longmont is a 501(c)6 and is contracted through the City of Longmont on an annual basis.

What are the major employers/industries in town?
Company NameProductEmployees
St. Vrain Valley SchoolsSchool District3543
City of LongmontGovernment1625
Seagate TechnologyComputer disk drives1436
Longmont United
Hospital/Centura
Regional hospital862
West Safety Services Division911 Database & mapping services674
UCHealth Longs Peak HospitalRegional hospital618
Circle GraphicsDigital billboards & personal photography printing560
McLane WesternGrocery distribution center446
Federal Aviation
Administration
Aviation control center416
CrocsCrocs shoes375
GE Oil & GasPower generation & energy technology232
Micron TechnologyElectronic microdisplays & enterprise drives230
BC Services, Inc.Professional accounts receivable firm220

 

What is the average home price?

Longmont has the charm and feel of a small town. With its close proximity to Denver, you can live in this beautiful, outdoorsy venue and still have all the cultural, recreational and business opportunities of a big city.  As of October 2018, the average home sales price for single-family home was $429,284.

What is the school system known for? How is the school system?

St. Vrain Valley School District is the educational home of more than 32,000 of Colorado’s students. The seventh largest school district in the state, St. Vrain Valley operates 57 schools and programs that are spread over 411 square miles. The makeup of the schools include: 24 Elementary, 8 Middle, 1 Middle/Senior, 7 High Schools, 1 K-8, 2 PK-8, 1 Spark! Discovery Preschool, 1 Alternative High, 1 Online High, 1 P-TECH School, 1 High-Quality Homeschool Enrichment School, 1 Main Street Special Education program, 1 Career Development Center program, 1 Innovation Center program and 6 Charter Schools.

The district, schools, principals and students have earned numerous achievements including many national, international level awards. They are also noted for:

  • 78% of St. Vrain schools are accredited with Distinction or Performance
  • Over 50% of secondary students currently take one or more advanced level course(s)
  • District ACT scores are above the state in every content area
What housing is available for seniors?

There are several options for housing for seniors in Longmont. Some resources to look at:

Village Cooperative, Longmont Regent, Village Place, Brookdale, Bross Street, The Bridge, The Villas at Pleasant Valley.

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Jason Vallery.